On this blog, one of my recurring themes is market segmentation. [Aside: I probably have lots of recurring themes. In fact, I probably repeat myself incessantly. Sorry.]
We can’t really discuss ‘wine’, as if it were a single homogeneous entity. Instead, there are a number of different markets for wine.
There is wine as a commodity, of [...]
It seems a while since I started out communicating about wine. I was lucky: when I began writing on the Internet there wasn’t a lot of competition. Now there’s so much, it’s daunting. Here are seven tips I wish I’d been given when I started out, and which I reckon would be of some use [...]
On Sunday morning, after a few hours’ sleep on a couch, I was interviewed by the charming Konrad Ebjich, about my impressions on Canadian wine. I thought Konrad asked some good questions. You can watch the video here:
There’s also another video of me, caught on Monday evening at the fabulous Enoteca Ascari in Toronto, by [...]
Really impressed by these govino wine glasses. They are made from plastic, in the same shape as the Riedel ‘O’ series glasses, but with a thumb notch, which makes them really comfortable to hold.
My previous experience of plastic wine glasses hasn’t been great: they have been made to replicate normal glasses, with a stem. This [...]
Through my education, I was taught that microbes were bad. We used soap and antiseptic to get rid of them. Chemicals kept us safe from these unwanted, unseen bugs. Bacteria = bad.
But this is a naïve understanding of the environment we live in. Not only is our environment full of microbes – of which a [...]
I have a couple of related questions. First, people love shopping in supermarkets. Why?
Trust – a supermarket brand is trusted by shoppers. They supermarket name is big enough and famous enough and familiar enough to inspire trust. The shopper trusts the supermarket to price its products fairly, and for its produce to be safe – [...]
Had a cracking day at Wimbledon today, watching tennis with some good wine trade buddies. It was courtesy of Champagne house Lanson. We had centre court tickets, and watched three games involving three great players: Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray.
But as well as watch the tennis, it was a great chance to (a) [...]
What is it with French politicians? Are they nuts?
I’m referring to the way that they seem to be hell bent on damaging one of the things the French do best: making wine.
France is blessed by some of the best places in the world to grow wine grapes. It makes some of the world’s greatest wines. [...]
Another spot of blind tasting. Always a good way to learn. These four were selected at random from a large stash of wines I have lying around: there are enough bottles that I’m not going to be able to guess from what I know I have. In terms of identifying the regions, I didn’t do [...]
Good to see supermarket fake half price deals coming in for some stick in the national press. The Telegraph have an article about it, titled Beware supermarket wine bargains.
Most of the major supermarkets have these ‘tactical brands’ (or ‘trade drivers’) as part of their portfolio. They are priced, say, at £10, but are on regular [...]